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Bank Buildings trees symbolise new hope

The survival virtually unscathed of two trees directly in front of Belfast's historic Bank Buildings, after it was gutted in a massive fire last week, was bordering on the miraculous.

Hero deserves praise

HEROES going about their day-to-day life until they are called to risk their wellbeing to save someone else tend to be self-effacing.

Bangor fire disturbing

IT IS extremely disturbing to learn that the police are treating the fire which destroyed an Ulsterbus in a Co Down bus station as arson.

Arrest of Loughinisland journalists profoundly disturbing

The arrest of two award winning journalists who carried out a major investigation into the Loughinisland massacre is a disturbing development that has caused deep concern, particularly among families campaigning for the truth.

Businesses will need support in aftermath of Primark blaze

As the investigation into the cause of the fire at the Primark store continues and engineers assess the damage to the historic building, it is clear that the blaze will have far-reaching implications for a number of businesses and the economy of Belfast city centre.

Action needed over Aughnacloy spillage

The cause of the shocking incident in which a foul-smelling waste product was extensively sprayed across the main street of Aughnacloy in Co Tyrone was still under investigation last night but there can be no doubt that the consequences were wide-ranging Witnesses said that the material, which was described as more pungent than slurry, was a foot deep in parts of the border village yesterday morning, causing health fears for residents and forcing the closure of some businesses.

No comparison between McCain and Trump

Although John McCain and Donald Trump both represented the Republican Party in US presidential elections, the comparison between the two politicians effectively ends there.

Alarm over hardship for health workers

There will be considerable concern over the error which led to a substantial number of health service workers receiving wages which in some cases were reduced by several hundred pounds due to unexpected pension deductions.

Francis reminds Ireland of the power of love

From the moment that Pope Francis stepped from his plane at Dublin Airport on Saturday morning, it was clear that, despite the status associated with his office, he was a figure of humility who was apprehensive about the tasks ahead.

Brexit no-deal scenario would be a disaster

The first raft of documents from the British government on the consequences of a no-deal Brexit make alarming reading and provide further evidence that the full implications of leaving the EU were never properly thought through.

Political stalemate is harming our economy

Northern Ireland may have missed out on the world record for the longest period without a government in peacetime but there is certainly nothing to cheer about in relation to the protracted power vacuum at Stormont.

Deserved honour for Kevin Bell charity

The praise offered by the British prime minister, Theresa May, to the Newry-based Kevin Bell Repatriation Fund is fully justified and will be widely appreciated.

Relief over rescue of Co Derry bakery

There will be considerable relief that 260 jobs which were under threat at the Genesis Crafty bakery in Magherafelt, Co Derry, have been secured by the sale of the company.

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